I have to say that I prefer common sense speculation to wishful thinking.
Fair enough. How is that relevant to what has been added here?
Perhaps in that the status quo is blind optimism - everything's cool, we're all happy (except for the starving people in Africa, but we're totally going to fix that), and nothing's going to go wrong, the West is going to last forever, and we'll simply move to renewable energy sources when the oil and coal run out, and China are cool and won't attack us, and the global economy will recover again, and will never collapse again, and.....
People may not think these things when they properly tackle these subjects, but, in my experience at least, when these things are not being actively thought about, the general attitude is that all we are faced with is impending continuation.
Also, I was quite hideously drunk when I posted that.